Play ball! The minor leagues opened their seasons last night. Four of the Phillies affiliates played. Only Reading posted a victory.
Lehigh Valley (0-1) opened the season with their third consecutive season opening home loss (2015 and 2017). They bowed to the Rochester Red Wings, 4-2.
Cole Irvin pitched 5.0 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits, 3 walks, and 5 strike outs. Both runs came on solo HRs. Edgar Garcia followed with 2.0 innings and gave up the winning runs on a 2-run HR in the sixth. Tom Windle walked 2 in a third of an inning. Austin Davis ended the threat, stranding three inherited runners with two strike outs. He struck out three in 1.2 innings.
The IronPigs flexed their offensive muscle in the first inning. Trailing 1-0, Phil Gosselin and Dylan Cozens walked. With two out, Mitch Walding picked up an RBI with a line drive single to right field. The IronPigs took a 2-1 lead when Cozens also scored on a throwing error on the play.
The IronPigs managed just two more hits, singles in the second and third innings. A hit batter was erased by a double play in the fourth. They didn’t get another base runner until a hit batter in the ninth. IronPig batters struck out twice in every inning except the third and fourth, sixteen times on the evening.
- #6 Enyel De Los Santos
- #7 JoJo Romero
- #10 Ranger Suarez
- #16 Cole Irvin – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, HBP, 91 P/52 S
- #28 Edgar Garcia – 2.0 ip, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 32 P/20 S
Reading (1-0) won at Portland, 4-0. Four pitchers combined for a two-hit shutout.
Ramon Rosso pitched 5.0, 2-hit innings. He walked two and struck out four. Luke Leftwich pitched 2.0, no-hit innings. He struck out three and hit a batter. Trevor Bettencourt pitched a scoreless inning. He allowed no hits, walked one, and struck out three. Addison Russ struck out the side in the ninth inning.
The Phils scored first in the third inning on Mickey Moniak’s two-out, RBI double. They added two more runs on Austin Bossart’s two-out, two-run single in the fourth. And, they tacked on an insurance run in the sixth inning when Luke Williams singled, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error, and scored on Arquimedes Gamboa’s RBI single.
Luke Williams and Grenny Cumana had 2-hit games. Williams and Darick Hall each stole a base. Fifteen Phils struck out. Our pitchers struck out 13 Sea Dogs.
- #2 Adonis Medina
- #3 Adam Haseley – went 1-4 with a double, BB
- #9 Mickey Moniak – went 1-4 with a double, RBI, BB
- #13 Arquimedes Gamboa
- #15 Mauricio Llovera
- #21 David Parkinson
- #22 Kyle Dohy
- #25 Cornelius Randolph – went 0-4
- #29 Connor Seabold
Clearwater (0-1) was blown out by the Dunedin Blue Jays 11-2. Due to renovations at their field, the Jays were the home team at Spectrum Field.
Spencer Howard breezed through the first three innings, allowing one single (erased on a steal attempt) and striking out five. The second time through the line up, he got hit hard. He did retire rehabbing, future, Toronto Blue Jay Vlad Guerrero Jr, the two times he faced him, He was lifted after a strike out and a walk in the fifth inning.
Gustavo Armas entered and retired the next two batters. Then he got lit in the sixth inning, retiring only one of the seven batters he faced. Austin Ross entered and gave up a run-scoring single before retiring the next two batters. He gave up a two-run HR in the eighth. Jonathan Hennigan held the Jays scoreless in the ninth, but not until after a two-out fielding error made for another interesting inning.
The Threshers actually had an early lead on Edgar Cabral’s solo HR in the third inning. They added a meaningless run on Cabral’s double in the ninth.
Cabral and Simon Muzziotti had 2-hit games. Roman Quinn went 1-3 with a walk in a nine-inning rehab stint. Jake Scheiner, Matt Vierling, Daniel Brito, and Nick Maton also had base hits. The Threshers drew one walk v. 11 K.
Rodolfo Duran threw out 1 of 3 base stealers.
- #5 Spencer Howard (0-1, 6.23) – 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, HR, 80 P/ 52 K
- #12 Simon Muzziotti – went 2-4
- #17 Kyle Young
- #18 Nick Maton – went 1-4
- #19 Rodolfo Duran – went 0-4
- #20 Daniel Brito – went 1-4
Lakewood (0-1) lost to Hickory, 9-4.
The BlueClaws have as many as ten starting pitchers on their roster and will employ a piggy-back system along with their 6-man rotation.
Colton Eastman pitched two batters into the into the fifth inning before being lifted. He had given up 4 runs to that point. Tyler Carr Relieved and allowed both inherited runners to score. Ethan Lindow started the sixth and gave up 3 runs in 3.1 innings. Gilmael Troya allowed an inherited runner to score in his two-thirds of an inning.
The BlueClaws kept pace for a while. It was 4-4 as late as the fourth inning. They had tied the game with a run in the third on a double steal (Bohm to second, Guzman to home). They tied the game again with 3 runs in the fourth on Luis Garcia’s RBI single, and sacrifice flies by Guzman and James Smith.
The Claws were outhit 14-5. Matt Kroon had 2 singles. Garcia, Malvin Matos, and Rafael Marchan had one single each.
Bohm played 3B, Holmes DH-ed. Garcia played 2B, Guzman played SS.
- #1 Alec Bohm – went 0-4 with a BB
- #4 Luis Garcia – went 1-4 with an RBI, HBP
- #8 Francisco Morales
- #14 Rafael Marchan – went 1-3 with a run scored, BB
- #23 Dominic Pipkin
- #24 Kevin Gowdy
- #26 Jhordany Mezquita
- #11 Jhailyn Ortiz
- #27 Starlyn Castillo
- #30 Manuel Silva
Williamsport finished the 2018 season 32-44 (.421) tied for last place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
- Last season’s #2 prospect, Alec Bohm saw limited action due to a knee injury he suffered when he was struck by a pitched ball on July 9th. The 22-year old lost valuable development time and wasn’t activated again until August 20th. He was hitting .192 when he went down. He finished the season 14-55 (.255).
- Last season’s #13 prospect, Francisco Morales (4-5, 5.27), was young for the league, yet he managed a 10.9 K/9. However, he also posted a 5.3 BB9.
- Last season’s #25 prospect, Kevin Gowdy, spent the 2018 season on the DL, rehabbing from TJ surgery.
- Last season’s #26 prospect, Jhordany Mezquita (1-0, 3.60), made 9 starts striking out 41 in 35.0 innings.
- Last season’s #28 prospect, Colton Eastman (0-2, 3.00), made 8 starts on an innings count. He struck out 23 in 18 innings.
The GCL Phillies East finished the 2018 season 30-24 (.556) in first place in the GCL North Division. They lost a one-game semifinal on the road against the Palm Beach Cardinals.
- Last season’s #24 prospect, Dominic Pipkin (1-2, 3.64), made 10 appearances, 8 starts. In limited action, he pitched 29.2 innings. In a SSS, he posted a 1.180 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9, and 5.5 K/9.
- Second baseman Nicolas Torres was selected to the Post Season GCL All Star Team. He slashed .302/340/.396/.736 and committed just 3 errors in 270.1 innings (.977).
- Catcher Juan Aparicio was selected to the Post Season GCL All Star Team. He slashed .339/.378/.518/.896, committed 2 errors in 118.1 innings (.983), and threw out 5 of 20 base stealers (25%).
The GCL Phillies West finished the 2018 season 30-24 (.556) in second place in the GCL Northwest Division.
- Last season’s #14 prospect, Luis Garcia, finished the season with a league best .369 AVG and third best .433 OBP.
- Shortstop Luis Garcia was selected to the Post Season GCL All Star Team. He slashed .369/.433/.488/.921. He committed 5 errors in 353.2 innings (.969).
The DSL Phillies Red finished the 2018 season 31-40 (.437) in fifth place in the DSL South Division.
The DSL Phillies White finished the 2018 season 39-33 (.542) in fourth place in the DSL San Pedro Division.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
The rosters and lists are up to date as of March 31st.
4/4/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed 3B Gift Ngoepe on the 7-day IL. Left shin contusion
4/4/2019 – Reading placed RHP Connor Seabold on the 7-day IL
4/4/2019 – LHP Garrett Cleavinger assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/4/2019 – 1B Kyle Martin assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/4/2019 – Clearwater placed RF Danny Mayer on the restricted list
4/4/2019 – Philadelphia sent CF Roman Quinn on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
4/4/2019 – LHP Nick Fanti assigned to Clearwater
4/4/2019 – RHP Tyler Hallead assigned to Clearwater from GCL Phillies East
4/4/2019 – RHP Julian Garcia assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – GCL Phillies West released RHP Antonio Canizales
On a personal note, my five-year run is over. I was informed Thursday night at the Threshers season ticket holder party that the Phillies had revoked the media pass I’ve held since 2014. I’d like to say that this won’t affect the coverage I’ve provided these past seasons, but it will. I won’t have access to the daily information packets provided to the media. I won’t have the luxury of my laptop. I won’t be able to track all the things I’ve become accustomed to tracking. And, there will be occasions like tonight when I just don’t feel like going to the ball park and that feeling will win out when it hasn’t in the past.
This is a mandate from the Phillies baseball ops people against bloggers. It is supposed to be applicable to all of their affiliates. The Threshers are owned by the Phillies. The other affiliates are individually owned and operated. That appears to make a difference since I follow bloggers who still appear to be credentialed at other affiliates. I’m holding my breath and waiting to see if I am denied access to the Complex.
I don’t understand this animosity toward bloggers. I’ve been nothing but positive in my support of the organization, going so far as to penalize people for negative comments about players and such. I don’t know what I’ve done, if I’ve done anything to warrant this.